I’ve always enjoyed any excuse to get out and look for inspiration. I’ve always referred to them as “Creative Field Trips,” but I recently found that most people refer to them as an “Artist Date” based off Julia Cameron’s book, The Artist’s Way. Julia recommends you take yourself on an “Artist Date” once a week. This can be anything you want as long as it gets you out and gives you new ideas. She recommends you do this alone, but I think it’s also nice to schedule a one with a friend. It’s amazing how even just a 20-minute excursion can help get your creative juices flowing. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Visit your local library: The library is such a great resource for creatives. Go and find books for your next project, discover books for a new book club or scroll through unique art books.
- Go thrifting: Give yourself a budget or a theme and go in trying to find the best items within those parameters. This helps you stay focused and pushes you to find new things you may have skipped over.
- Take a walk in a new park: Google all of your local parks, visit one each week and take a nice walk. It can be as simple as that or try going with the intent to notice one theme. Maybe you look for all the yellow flowers, or graffiti, or how many insects you see in the span of 10 minutes. These games will help sharpen your eye for nothing things and will improve your art.
- Art exhibitions & galleries: This is an obvious one, but you can’t go wrong visiting these.
- Coffee shops: Pick a few coffee shops in your city that you haven’t been to before. While you’re there, take time to people-watch and see who seems like a regular.
- Gardens: I love visiting gardens. I take my camera and I snap every single flower that sparks joy.
- Take a road trip: Whether it’s a long one or just a quick weekend trip, taking a drive is great for relaxing your mind. It’s also a time where you can’t be on devices so you’re able to really take in your surroundings.
- Start a self-portrait series: Push your photography skills by taking a self-portrait once a month in a new place. At the end of the year, compile your adventures into a fun book or a blog post.
- Visit the ocean: The ocean is extremely restorative. Taking time to be near the water is good for the soul, and therefore, your creativity.
- Schedule random acts of kindness: Each month, schedule one to two random acts of kindness. This will help you think of fun, new ideas and make you and others feel good.
- Film festivals: Film festivals are happening all the time and yet we often don’t think of them! Try looking up local ones and make a plan to see a few new films.
- Farmers’ market: Head to your next farmers’ market and look at all the fresh, local food. Take notice of all the colors, the smells and the interesting people shopping with you.
- Memory lane: Think of a place you loved as a child and revisit it. Does it feel the same? How has it changed?
- Start a new hobby: Start a ceramics class, learn a new language, take guitar lessons.
- Record stores: There is something so inspiring about old record shops. Take a stroll around and look at the amazing album covers.
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